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Isabelle Autissier


1956 Born October 18 in Brittany, France
1978 Graduates from college with a degree in nautical engineering
1987 Finishes third in the Mini Transat, a solo race across the Atlantic
1989 Finishes fourth in La Solitaire du Figaro competition
1991 Finishes seventh in the BOC yacht race (later renamed Around Alone) to become the first woman sailor to circumnavigate the planet
1994 Sets world record sailing around Cape Horn from New York to San Francisco in sixty-two days, five hours, and fifty-five minutes—beating the old record by two weeks
1994 Capsizes in the Indian Ocean during the Around Alone Race and spends four days adrift before being rescued by the Australian military
1996 Disqualified from the Vendee Globe race when she requires assistance to repair a broken rudder
1999 Capsizes midway between New Zealand and Cape Horn during her third Around Alone race; rescued by rival Giovanni Soldini
1999 Announces retirement from solo marathon racing

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